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Snapshots: Bruins vs. Panthers

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Snapshots: Bruins (8-5-1) vs. Panthers (3-8-4)

9:40 pm - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 4, FLA 1

The Boston Bruins improved to 9-5-1 with tonight's commanding 4-1 victory at TD Garden with goals from Reilly Smith, Torey Krug, David Krejci and Brad Marchand. The B's leaned on a solid performance in net from Tuukka Rask who stopped 23 of 24 shots on net en route to his eight victory of the season. The Bruins are back in action on Saturday as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET.

At 18:13 into the final frame of action, Reilly Smith put the Bruins up 4-1 when he intercepted an ill-advised Panther pass in slot of the Florida zone, beating Clemmenesen clean blocker-side giving him a mulitple point game with one goal and one assist. The unassisted goal marks Smith's second goal of the season and as a Boston Bruin.

With 5:35 to go, the Panthers were able to break up Tuukka Rask's shutout bid (which would have been his fourth against the Panthers in 10 games against), when Jesse Winchester slipped the puck past Rask for his fourth goal of the season. The Florida assists were credited to Nick Bjugstad (2) and Jonathan Huberdeau (4)

Brad Marchand was whistled for elbowing at 10:39 into the third frame, putting the Panthers on their fourth man-advantage of the evening. The Bruin, however, were able to kill off the penalty to Marchand of the evening unscathed, making them a perfect four-for-four on the night with just over eight minutes to go in the third period of play.

At 9:57 into the third period, Torey Krug notched his sixth goal of the season when Chris Kelly hit Krug with a crisp cross-ice pass right on the tape. Krug was able to lift the puck past Clemmensen giving the Bruins a 3-0 cushion with just over half of the third period remaining. Kelly's contribution on the play earned himself his second helper of the season.

Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead after he punched in a rebound off of a Dennis Seidenberg bomb from just below the blueline, for his second goal of the year. Great hustle play by Marchand on the play crashing the net, searching for a renound as soon as Seidenberg wound up for the slapshot. Seidenberg collects his fifth assists of the year on the play, while Loui Eriksson is credited with the secondary assist for his second of the season.

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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Saturday as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET.

8:55 pm - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, FLA 0

THORNTON DROPS THE GLOVES: With 6:11 to go in the second period, Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Krys Barch of the Florida Panthers, which saw Thornton land a majority of the bigger punches, with Barch getting in a few licks of his own toward the end of the fight. Following the bout, both players were sent to their respective penalty boxes to serve their five-minute fighting majors.  Entering tonight, the Bruins had 46-22-3 record since 2011-12 in games where they have had a fighting penalty. Shawn Thornton has fought Krys Barch seven times in the NHL. The only player he's fought more is Eric Boulton (eight times).

David Krejci got the B's on the board for the first in tonight's game when he sniped the puck past Clemmensen from just below the blueline on the right-half of the ice.  The goal marks Krejci's third goal of the season and his first since his last second game winner against the San Jose Sharks on October 24. Earning assists on the play were Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton for their third helpers of the season.

Shortly after the Bruins killed off their third penalty of the night on a Bergeron hooking penalty, the Black & Gold found themselves on their first power play of the night when Florida's Scottie Upshall was called for tripping.  Despite the Bruins sustaining a good amount of pressure in the Florida zone, they were not able to any of their three shots past Clemmensen during the man advantage.

7:49 pm - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, FLA 0

RASK SOLID THROUGH THE FIRST: Tuukka Rask had a strong showing in the first period, stopping all eight shots he saw including a rob job in Tomas Kopecky on the Panthers best scoring chance of the period.  Across the ice, Florida's Scott Clemmensen had a quietly good period, warding off a few Bruins scoring opportunities including a Bergeron line swarm on the door step with just under seven minutes remaining. Clemmensen has saved all seven Bruins shot he faced in the first period of action.

Shortly after the penalty expired to Dougie Hamilton (see below), Carl Soderberg was called for high-sticking with 2:33 to go in the first frame.  The Bruins PK unit remained strong killing off their second penalty of the night, for their 13th straight kill, after allowing five straight power play goals from October 26 to 30.

With 5:52 to go in the first period, Dougie Hamilton was called for a hook, sending the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time in the evening.  Coming into tonight, the Black & Gold were 35-for-43 on the PK (81.4%, 16th NHL) against the Panthers power play which was 5-for-50 (10.0%, 28th NHL).  The Bruins were able to survive the two-minute minor without surrendering a goal, klling off their 36th penalty of the season.

Approximately 25 seconds after Chris Kelly was hit in the head by Jesse Winchester's elbow, Gregory Campbell dropped the mitts with Winchester to stand up for his teammate.  The bout took place out in front of the Panthers bench with both combatants throwing punches, with neither able landing any clean blows. Shortly after the players were sent to their respective penalty boxes to serve their five-minute majors, Chris Kelly rejoined the Bruins bench; a good sign that he wasn't injured on the Winchester hit.

6:30 pm - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs FLA

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (7-4-1, 1.74 GAA, .941 Save %) vs. Clemmensen (0-0-1, 2.38 GAA, .889 Save %). Rask is 8-1-0 with a 0.98 GAA and .968 save % with three shutouts in nine career games against the Panthers. Clemmensen is 5-4-2 with a 2.27 GAA and .928 save % with two shutouts in 13 career games against Boston.

BRUINS VS PANTHERS LIFETIME: The B’s and Panthers will meet for the 76th time tonight with the Bruins holding a 37-28-6-4 record and a 210-193 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 16-15-4-3 in their 38 lifetime meetings against the Panthers in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 102-87 in those contests. Boston has won the last four meetings versus the Panthers including a 3-2 win in Florida on October 17 in the first game of this season’s series and are 10-2-0 in their last 12 matchups against the Panthers.

LUCIC AND KRUG LEADING THE B’S: Bruins forward Milan Lucic leads the team with seven goals this season with 7-6=13 totals, while defenseman Torey Krug ranks second on the B’s with five goals, notching 5-3=8 totals. Krug and Lucic scored both regulation goals for the B’s in their last game against the Dallas Stars.

SMITH, HAMILTON ON POINT STREAKS: Forward Reilly Smith and defenseman Dougie Hamilton both enter this evening riding a two-game streak, with Smith notching 0-2=2 totals and Hamilton recording 1-1=2 totals during that span.

AIR DATES FOR BEHIND THE B PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI ANNOUNCED: The Bruins have announced the ten remaining air dates for Behind the B presented by Alex and Ani, including the fourth episode which is set to air this Monday, November 11 at 7:30 pm on NESN. The full episode schedule as well as exclusive “Behind the B” related content will be available on and the Boston Bruins Digital Entertainment Network (Bruins DEN) throughout the season.

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY: The B's will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at Military Appreciation Day presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire on Monday, November 11 during the Bruins vs. Lightning game at TD Garden. To show their support for the armed forces on this upcoming Veterans Day, Bruins players Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci, Torey Krug and Dennis Seidenberg, will each purchase $2,500 worth of tickets to the B’s/Bolts game to give to local military members and their families.

173 AND COUNTING: Following last Tuesday’s home game against the Dallas Stars, the Bruins have sold out 173 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.

PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: The Panthers are in the midst of a six-game losing streak that began on October 22 against the Chicago Blackhawks… Florida has come from behind to force overtime or a shootout in five of their last seven games…Winger Tomas Fleischmann enters tonight leading the Panthers in point production with 3-8=11 totals…Defenseman Brian Campbell is one point shy of 400 NHL points… Center Aleksander Barkov is tied for fifth among rookies with seven points (3-4=7) in 13 games… Panthers Goaltender Tim Thomas is currently on injured reserve.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 7-for-43 (16.3%, 20th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 35-for-43 (81.4%, 16th NHL)… Panthers power play: 5-for-50 (10.0%, 28th NHL), Panthers penalty kill: 37-for-47 (78.7%, 24th NHL).

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